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As Australia’s leading online providers of Wicked Edge Sharpeners, Zanvak prides itself on superior quality, safety and precision control to help you get your most important jobs done.
If you have been looking to upgrade your guided sharpening equipment, consider Zanvak as your first source of expert knowledge, experience and recommendations from those who have worked in the same shoes. From commercial systems to kitchen tools, consider some of the following guidelines and recommendations when selecting your next piece of equipment.
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Be careful not to slide the stone off the edge of the knife. Repeat this motion with the opposite stone. Continue this procedure, switching from side-to-side with each stroke. Periodically inspect the blade to see if the scratches made by the stone have reached the edge. If you are not sure, a simple test can be used: Apply five strokes to one side of the blade, then drag a cotton swab up the opposite side of the blade until it comes off the edge. If it snags on the edge, you have completed setting the angle on that side of the knife. Be sure to check along the entire length of the blade. Repeat this procedure on the other side of the blade. Once the angle is set on both sides, polish the edge by progressing through the orange-200 Grit, yellow-400 Grit, and green-600 Grit stones using the same heel-to-tip stroke that you used to begin the sharpening process, alternating between sides at each stroke.
If you have purchased the Extra-Fine/Ultra-Fine Accessory Stones, then you may continue to polish the edges starting with the blue, Extra-Fine Stones and finishing with the purple, Ultra-Fine 800-1000 Grit Stones.
To remove the knife from the sharpener, firmly grasp the handle of the knife with one hand, while loosening the bottom screw of the Vise. Carefully remove the knife. If necessary, loosen the top screw as well. Congratulations! You now have a Wicked Edge on your knife!
Follow Steps 1 through 5 to mount your knife in the Vise. Be sure to use the Depth Key and Alignment Guide to place your knife in exactly the same position as when you first sharpened it. Now set the sharpening angle as described in Step 6 to the same angle you used previously on this knife. It may be useful to keep a record of the sharpening angles and mounting positions for each of your knives. For your convenience, we have included a table with these instructions that you can fill out and use for future reference. To begin touching-up the edge of your knife, use the green, Fine Stones. Use the same heel-to-tip stroke technique described in step 9. Five to ten passes on each side should be enough for frequent touch-ups or lightly used knives. More passes may be necessary for knives that receive heavy use or infrequent touch-ups. If you have purchased the Extra-Fine/Ultra-Fine 800-1000 Grit Accessory Stones, use the purple, Ultra-Fine Stones first. If you find that your knife’s edge cannot be fully restored with the Ultra-Fine Stones, then you may need to go back to the Extra-Fine Stones. Unless you have badly damaged your knife’s edge, you should never need to use a stone with a coarser grit than the green 600 Grit, Fine Stone.
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